Constructed languages (conlangs) - a.k.a. "artificial languages", etc - include a wide variety of languages. Esperanto, Klingon, Quenya, Loglan / Lojban, Signed Exact English, proto-Indo-European, and many many others are all conlangs. Arguably, this list includes Received English, Korean, and Turkish as well.
This class will be about designing your own language, mostly from the bottom up. We will work on a class language together, using ideas from various students, as you create (or continue to work on) your own languages at home (and discuss them in class). The class will not cover the history or theory of conlangs, nor formal linguistics, except as necessary. The main focus will be on actually getting “into it” – starting from day one – and learning what you need as you go.
If you are interested in these more in-depth topics, talk to me. There is plenty of material available, including some videos from the previous year’s class, and books in the library.
No linguistic background is necessary for this class, though it will certainly be useful. Likewise, reading through the reader will be very useful (especially for those new to conlanging), as will be reading the recommended text, though these are both optional.
This class will be run in a manner fairly different from last year’s Conlangs DE-Cal – less intense, and more hands-on. Last year’s was closer in scope to a full Ling 1 or Ling 101 class.
Returning students MAY take this class for credit again, but will need to do a new final project, or an expansion to their previous year’s. Talk to me if this applies to you.
This class will generally meet two hours a week. If the enrollment of students interested in taking 2 units is too low, then this will be reduced to one hour a week.
On a side note: I am graduating in May, and obviously won’t be around to teach the class any more after that. If you are interested in taking over from me, please let me know.
If you have knowledge of linguistics or conlangs, you are very much welcome to teach some of the classes in my stead – using my notes if you like (and can decipher them).
This is a variable-unit, pass / no pass class. There is no difference between the 98 and 198 versions; choose whichever you prefer.
To get 1 unit: Show up most of the time – enough for me to know your name when they ask me whether or not you passed. That’s it.
To get 2 units: Attend class regularly, and do the final project (which you’ll be doing the work for over the course of the semester anyway) at a level that shows effort. Again: simple.
IF you are interested in taking the class, please fill out the poll below so I can decide on a good time slot etc. Thanks.
How interested are you in the class material?
How likely are you to take the class, if it's offered at a time you're available?
For how many units?
Which days could you come? (Would only be 1 or 2, but check all you could.)
What times could you come, on those days? (If it's different for different days, indicate all and tell me the details.)
Would you prefer two one hour sessions, or one two-hour session, per week? (1 = 2x1hr; 5 = 1x2hr; 3 = both are OK.)